Lemon Pasta with Arugula

lemon pasta Now that winter is behind us it’s time for something light, bright and citrusy and this lemon pasta is just the thing. It’s slightly creamy, lemon zesty with flavors of garlic, parmesan and arugula tossed in.

This recipe is insanely simple yet it doesn’t skimp on any flavor, it’s a fresh, healthy pasta dish that you can get ready in no time at all.

lemon pasta This lemon pasta represents everything that spring is about, zesty and bright! The peppery arugula lends a nice balance to the dish, but if arugula is not your thing feel free to replace it with fresh spinach or even torn basil leaves, either one will marry well with all the other flavors.

This can be a stand alone lunch or dinner with a salad on the side to complete your meal, or you might want to serve it as a side dish because it tastes incredible alongside grilled fish, shrimp or chicken, perfect for your summer entertaining and a favorite of mine.

lemon pasta

Recipes don’t have to be complicated to make delicious and healthy food for your family, It’s amazing what you can create with just a few quality ingredients, simple is best.

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Lemon Pasta with Arugula
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ lb. of spaghetti
  • ½ cup, fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons, lemon zest
  • ½ cup, heavy cream
  • 1 cup of freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1 handful of baby arugula
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • olive oil
  • fresh ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the pasta and cooke al'dente.
  2. Drizzle the bottom of a skillet with olive oil, add the butter and when it melts throw in the garlic, don't let it burn or get dark.
  3. Add the heavy cream letting it simmer a bit.
  4. Add the juice and half of the zest, simmer until it reduces a bit.
  5. Scoop the pasta right into the skillet, reserving some pasta water.
  6. Toss in the Parmesan and the arugula, tossing and coating, adding some of the pasta water to loosen the sauce.
  7. Place into a serving dish, adding grated black pepper, the rest of the zest and additional shards of parmesan for garnish.
  8. Enjoy!

 

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Easter Ricotta Pie

easter ricotta pieRicotta pie is an Italian Easter dessert and it’s tradition in my house. Certain holiday foods hold a connection to me and ricotta pie is right up there along with a lamb cake at Easter time. It’s a ritual and it wouldn’t be Easter without it.

I usually make multiple pies because I like to give some away to special people in my life so I make sure right around this time that I’m stocked up on plenty of ricotta and the other ingredients that go into the ricotta pie.

easter ricotta pie There are many different versions of this sweet ricotta pie and every household has their own very favorite. Mine has a creamy blend of ricotta, orange zest, candied orange peel, mini chocolate chips and hints of swirled cinnamon, it’s a dreamy combination of flavors.

easter ricotta pies I usually make this in a ten inch deep dish pie plate but I’ve been known to make it in a springform pan and even a round glass cake pan or you can double the recipe and put it into 13 x 9.

easter ricotta pie Back in 2010 I did a post on my Sweet Ricotta Pie, it’s the same recipe, but I thought it was time for a little updating on my pictures and giving you an easy way to print out the recipe, back then I didn’t have the recipe feature on my blog.

As far as the crust goes feel free to use your own favorite pie dough recipe, I myself have experimented with many different ones over the years, but if making pastry is not your thing you can use a good quality store bought one which I’ve done many times myself.

easter ricotta pie

The end result will be the same, creamy, dense, slightly sweet and filled with flavors that I will remember all my life!

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Easter Ricotta Pie
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 uncooked pie crust, either homemade or a good quality store bought one
  • 1½ lbs. of ricotta *** IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure you drain your ricotta good! You don’t want it to be wet, make sure you get all the excess moisture out or else it will affect the cooking time and texture. You could drain it overnight in the fridge or a couple of hours before you put it together or just look for a drier ricotta, not one that is soaking in water.
  • ¾ c. sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon, plus some extra for sprinkling on top
  • zest of one orange
  • ½ cup of mini, semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup diced candied orange peel, either store bought or homemade
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat the ricotta with the sugar until very smooth.
  3. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Beat in the vanilla and cinnamon.
  5. Stir in the candied fruit, orange zest and chocolate chips.
  6. Pour the filling into the unbaked pie shell.
  7. Place onto rimmed baking sheet for ease of pulling it out of the oven.
  8. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon and swirl it with the tip of a knife.
  9. Bake the pie for 45 minutes, or until ricotta is set and toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Let cool down and refrigerate.

 

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Sweet Long Peppers Stuffed with Cauliflower Rice

sweet long peppers Sweet long peppers, oh how I love thee! These elegant looking peppers are super sweet and never ever bitter. They were once called Ancient Sweets but now you’ll find them called, Sweet Twister.

They’re very versatile, you can cut them into rings and use them in salads, stir fries, pizza and frittata’s, they’re great roasted and grilled and of course my favorite way is stuffed.

sweet long peppers These beauties are so vibrant in color, who can resist? Plus they have very few ribs and seeds that are very easy to pick out and an almost hollow interior which gives them the perfect pocket for stuffing.

sweet long peppers Over the years I have stuffed them many ways and usually a meat or sausage was involved, but this time I wanted to use the ever popular cauliflower rice and make a meatless version adding some cheese and herbs into the mix. Imagine a platter full  as a delicious side dish or it can stand alone as vegetarian lunch with a salad on the side, I think you’ll be smitten!

sweet long peppers

I always buy frozen cauliflower rice, it’s less messy for me and I can grab a bag on a whim right out of my freezer. I served my cauliflower rice stuffed peppers alongside a roasted chicken and it was a hit! I hope you give it a try.

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Sweet Long Peppers Stuffed with Cauliflower Rice
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 12 oz. bag of riced cauliflower
  • 6 good size sweet long peppers ( Sweet Twister's)
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 1 large handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 6 to 8 leaves of fresh basil, chopped
  • 1¼ cup of grape tomatoes, each one cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 heaping ¼ cup of grated romano cheese
  • 1 heaping cup of shredded mozzarella or fontina cheese, or any cheese that melts really good
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400F
  2. Place foil on a rimmed sheet pan and drizzle the bottom with a little olive oil.
  3. In a saute pan drizzled with olive oil, add the onion and garlic until soft then pour in the frozen cauliflower stirring until it has defrosted and cooked a little.
  4. Add in all the other ingredients, garlic, parsley,basil, both cheese and tomatoes, plus salt and pepper to taste, mixing until all combined.
  5. Let it cool down a bit, in the meantime prep your peppers.
  6. Try to leave the stems on it gives a nice presentation.
  7. Figure out which side of the pepper will lay flat and sturdy in the pan.
  8. Cut a slit on top being careful not to go completely through the top or pointed bottom.
  9. Pull out the seeds and ribs with your fingers, it will be easy.
  10. Drizzle the inside with a little olive oil and some black pepper.
  11. Fill each pepper with the cauliflower rice mixture all the way to the top.
  12. Place them onto the rimmed sheet pan with a quick little drizzle of olive oil.
  13. Bake for about 20 minutes or so, the cheese should be melted and the peppers starting to wrinkle and become soft.
  14. Garnish with chopped basil and parsley.

 

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